A road safety expert has suggested that the government introduce mobile cameras to further improve the Automated Enforcement System (AES), which is part of the Automated Awareness Safety System (AWAS).

In a report by The Sun, Universiti Putra Malaysia Road Safety Research Centre head Law Teik Hua said the move would allow the authorities to catch errant motorists off guard should they drive above the speed limit or beat a red light.

“The effect of AWAS presently is somewhat limited, because motorists know first hand where these AES cameras are located, and will be more cautious when driving or riding pass them. So instead of using the current fixed AES cameras, maybe we can also introduce mobile ones,” he explained.

Law also wanted the police to be given a bigger role in AWAS and the Kejara demerit points system, saying that the current system is limited in its overall effect as demerit points are only given to those who are caught by AES cameras.

For now, those who are caught speeding and beating the red light by the 14 AES cameras installed nationwide, are subjected to the demerit points. Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai had previously stated that additional AES cameras will be installed at more crash hotspots nationwide.

In the first five days since AWAS was implemented, 13,096 summonses have been issued, of which 11,556 of them were for speeding. “I think this (huge number of offenders) is because many still do not understand what AWAS is and the consequences they face, or it is our culture of not being afraid (of the law). Which is exactly why these errant motorists should be punished,” Law said.